The Oakland Raiders now have a veteran quarterback that they will hope to use for the rest of the NFL season, and maybe, just maybe, into the promise land of the playoffs as well.
On Tuesday, the Cincinnati Bengals traded holdout Carson Palmer to the Oakland Raiders for a first round pick in 2012 and a second round pick in 2013.
At 4-2, the Raiders are currently tied with the Buffalo Bills, the Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers for the AFC Wildcard spot. The Raiders are also half a game back of the AFC West division leading San Diego Chargers (4-1).
I know the Bengals received a significant amount of potential in the trade, but I’m a little surprised that President Mike Brown and head coach Marvin Lewis were willing to trade Palmer to a team they are battling for a playoff spot.
The trade also shows how much control head coach Hue Jackson has in Oakland since the recent passing of owner/general manager Al Davis.
Palmer, the 2002 Heisman Trophy winner with USC, has the Bengals record for passing yards in a season (4131), touchdown passes in a season (32), and touchdown passes in a game (6).